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Monday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are sinking fast

Did the Orioles put an end to their playoff hopes when they got swept this weekend? Maybe. In today's links, the Orioles looking desperate, looking ahead to Toronto, and more.

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Ah, the dizzying highs and terrifying lows of the 2017 Orioles. I don't think anyone has been able to anticipate the way this season would play out, but it feels like the outcome of the Indians was sadly predictable. The Orioles will continue their road trip this week with trip to Toronto and New York.

Indians complete sweep of Orioles with 3-2 win (with quotes) - School of Roch
Hellickson wasn't awful, but it wasn't enough.

After lost weekend in Cleveland, Orioles visit Toronto |After lost weekend in Cleveland, Orioles visit Toronto Oh, missed opportunity.

Camden Depot: With A Couple Of Recent Moves, O's Show They're Desperate (updated) Little odd that the O's would call up Hays and not use him, but, hey...

MLB MVPs: Smart money says these guys are the candidates Jay Jaffe looks at the "value" component in MVP.

On this day in 1992, Cal Ripken twisted his ankle in a game a game against the Brewers. O's brass were concerned enough to call up "Shortstop of the Future" Manny Alexander. In 2015, Nolan Reimold and Steve Clevenger hit grand slams in the eighth inning against the Royals. Manny Machado added a solo shot.

Former major leaguer/Baltimore native/lumber guy Lou Grasmick would have celebrated a birthday today. Short timer Eddie MIksis was also born on this day as was farmhand Rojean Cleofa.